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High Elevation Scenic Drive

If you’re a confident driver this is a fun, exhilarating drive with lots of switchback turns with... read more

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Ed S
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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Beautiful drive during the peak weekend of the Aspen turn

Stunning drive from Denver to Aspen over Independence Pass September 22. Colorado colors are... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you’re a confident driver this is a fun, exhilarating drive with lots of switchback turns with high inclines then declines. If you’re not a confident driver, please don’t be the car in-front of me. Plenty of scenic views.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stunning drive from Denver to Aspen over Independence Pass September 22. Colorado colors are different than the hardwoods of the East last but the East doesn’t have the amazing Rocky Mountains as a canvas.

Thank jdikeman
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Must see, all the way to the top! Drive is great as you ascend, make sure you stop and read all those point of interest signs. At the top you have restrooms but no water

Thank Korbin_DallasMN
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful day at the pass. Windy and sunny but the 360 degree views were spectacular. Very enjoyable

Thank johnsonjeff
Reviewed 5 days ago

Always worth a drive, especially in the fall. Bighorn sheep were on the side of the road. Lovely views and trails at the top. The mine site is cool to visit too. Pics and more details at etbtravelphotography.com

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A must for anyone who loves the mountains, streams, aspens & pine that Colorado is famous for. Take your time & be sure to stop for photos & to take a hike. There are plenty of opportunities.

Thank davidvgonz
Reviewed 1 week ago

I drove from Leadville to Aspen and back. If you are doing the same, drive and enjoy the ride. On your way back you can stop and take pictures. The pass itself is wide with lots of parking space. Carefully turn onto the shoulder. There...More

2  Thank Mario D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove through Independence Pass on Sat. 9/15/18, leaving Aspen for Denver. Gotta say...so many negative reviews about the dangerous drop offs and curves had me concerned to the point that my hubby told me to get off this site! He was doing the driving,...More

3  Thank Mary S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great scenic drive across the Rockies and the views are amazing the trees had turned and the leaves made them look like they were on fire. simply said...a must see

Thank Justin L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to drive between Aspen and Vail, taking the very scenic route. It takes up up and over the mountains with some pretty spectacular views throughout the pass. Up at top is the tundra with parking so you can take a little hike and get...More

Thank Sandra W
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Response from Shanna S | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 4 hours from Denver and is worth the extra time. It is beautiful!
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16 June 2017|
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Response from Mark D | Reviewed this property |
Automatic does great!
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16 April 2017|
Response from SteveT6029677454 | Reviewed this property |
I would give yourself a couple of hours to go from Leadville, through Twin Lakes to Aspen, especially if you want adequate time for some photo stops. It is a beautiful route and there is no reason to hurry. But you may need... More